Epistle to Dippy

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"Epistle to Dippy"
Single by Donovan
B-side "Preachin' Love"
Released Feb 1967 (USA)
Format 7" single
Recorded December 1966, Abbey Road Studios, London, England
Genre Baroque pop[1]
Label Epic 5-10127 (USA)
Writer(s) Donovan Leitch
Producer(s) Mickie Most
Donovan USA chronology
"Mellow Yellow"
"Epistle to Dippy"
"There is a Mountain"

Epistle to Dippy is a song and single by Donovan,[2] released in 1967 and only in the USA. It charted in the USA (Billboard: No.19).

Musicians featured are Donovan on vocals and acoustic guitar, Jimmy Page on electric guitar, John Cameron on keyboards and arrangement, Danny Thompson on bass, and Tony Carr on drums. Strings were provided by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Written in the form of an open letter to an old school friend, the song had a strong pacifist message in addition to its florid psychedelic imagery. The real "Dippy" was, at the time, serving in the British Army in Malaysia. According to Brian Hogg, who wrote the liner notes for the Donovan boxed set, Troubadour, Dippy heard the song, contacted Donovan and left the army as a result.

Chart positions were: # 19 (USA Billboard), # 10 (USA Cashbox), # 10 (USA Record World)

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  1. ^ Steve Smith: Wyman and Taylor join the Rolling Stones onstage; Coldplay takes a break at the Wayback Machine (archived 3 December 2012). Pasadena Star-News. 29 November 2012.
  2. ^ Show 48 - The British are Coming! The British are Coming!: With an emphasis on Donovan, the Bee Gees and the Who. [Part 5] : UNT Digital Library